Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has revealed his disappointment surrounding midfielder Jack Rodwell, who offered the club a major hope after signing from Manchester City for £ 10 million in the summer.
Rodwell was expected to finally overcome his injury problems and excel in his midfield role due to regular game time. This has not been the case as the former Everton man has been suffering from niggling injury problems like the latest groin injury. This has led to a stop and start season and his form has suffered a result of it.Poyet has been hopeful of getting Rodwell back to 100% soon.
For the first time this season, Poyet expressed his dissatisfaction with the way Rodwell’s signing is turning out for the club. The 23-year-old midfielder has not featured for Sunderland since being sent off in the 0-0 draw against Fulham in the FA Cup a month ago. This is due to a combination of suspension and injury problems.Poyet has confirmed that the player is still 50-50 to feature this weekend. Sunderland have a mammoth clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Unlike in the last 12 months, the black cats will not have an easy ride against United who have rediscovered their form.
“He’s been 50-50 for a while.He trained all week last week.The week is progressive and then you drop off the day before the game to recover.He gets through the hardest part, but when it gets closer, he starts feeling it a bit more as a result of the hardest part,” said Poyet. Rodwell has made only 15 appearances so far this season. He has scored two goals in these matches.Poyet’s attention turned to watch the game against United and he criticised the people voicing their opinions about his team selection.